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OPC, NURTW clash in Lagos

By Ifeanyi Okolie
Commercial acti-vities were yesterday disrupted at Mushin area of Lagos State, following a renewed clash between factions of the National Union of Road Transport Works (NURTW) and outlawed members of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), leading to the death of a female trader.

Following this development, traders at the popular Mushin market, who were fed up with the incessant violent clashes between the warring factions, took to the streets to protest the death of one of their members.

The traders who were carrying posters and leaves barricaded the major roads leading to the market.

They also made bonfires while singing protest songs, calling on government to save them from the menace of hoodlums whom they alleged, have made life unbearable to them in the market.   Later, they commandeered a  commercial bus and headed to Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja with the corpse.

Eyewitness account said two factions of the NURTW and OPC had engaged themselves in a violent fight in the early hours of yesterday, undermining the heavy down pour.

They reportedly made use of dangerous weapons like guns, machetes and bottles while fighting over a yet-to-be known cause.

Vanguard gathered that during the fracas,  vehicle windscreens were freely shattered while shop owners who were caught unawares, were beaten up and their shops looted by the hoodlums.

As at the time of going to press, heavily armed mobile policemen were seen patrolling the streets to keep peace while some of the protesters and the warring parties took to their heels.  Lagos State Police command spokesman, Frank Mbah told Vanguard that they are on top of the situation when contacted on phone.


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